What makes you feel alive?
"Breathing... being around people and having people laugh. And skateboarding. I like skateboarding."
Is this all there is?
"No this is not all there is, but all the other stuff that is I don't know because I haven't been there yet."
How can you help?
"I can help you with this quiz about joy. I'm hoping you studied for it."
What is your greatest fear?
" Being interviewed and video taped at the same time."
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How do you want to be remembered when you die?
"I want to be remembered by the ministry that I'm in, which would be with the kids because that's where my heart is. I love working with the kids to help plant a seed in them for God. My passion is to work with kids in education and at church. I would want people to remember me not for what I did because, obviously, I want all the glory and honor to go to God. You know how they have preachers and people who work with others? I'd want to be one of those important people. I'd also want to leave a legacy to my grandchildren. I want them to see that I had goals and dreams and that I accomplished them."
If you had an hour left to live, what would you do?
"It's really boring, but I would call my best friends and hang out with my cat."
Who has had the biggest influence in your life?
"I don't know. I don't want people to have such a huge influence on me.
I want to be my own person. I've never really thought about that. Maybe my youth pastor, just because I've known him for like six years. I think he has influenced me in the way that I go on with my life and what not. Maybe various other church people."
"I was born into the world and my parents called me Jordyn because they were really annoyed with the name Riley. Now I'm here being interviewed by you."
What changed your life?
"Having a car really changed my life because now I'm able to go places on my own and my parents don't have to know."
What have you found?
"I found that I really like Azusa* and all of you because you're really nice."
*Karen was visiting Azusa Pacific University as a prospective student.
Who do you want to thank?
"I want to thank my mom for everything she's done for me. Through all that my family went through, she was that rock. Thanks mom!"
Where have you been?
"I've been to Florida, I've been to Hawaii, I've been to New York (which I don't remember because I was six), and I've been in my home in Fontana until I came to Azusa."
What's on your mind?
"I have so many thing to do! I have to clean my room before my parents get here and pretend like I study a lot. I have to do laundry before they get here and... study."
What gives you hope?
"Students who take the initiative because they are our future and we depend on those people to make the world a much better place."
What's the question you don't want to know the answer to?
"I'm going to say, 'Does life have a point?' I personally believe that life is what you make it and I don't want to have to mold my expectations of what life's going to be based on some arbitrary answer that someone gives. Let's say life doesn't have a point, well that gives more validity to nihilism, which, if you know anything about that, is not a fun way to go through life. It's very morbid, very dark. And if life has a specific point like eat, sleep, make children, and die, then that's just way too simple. So I like to stick with 'Life is what you make it.' It calls for dynamism... more isms blah blah blah."
You're on a deserted island, what happens next?
"I build shelter and I look for the nearest source of water. Then, I build a volleyball or no, I find a volleyball..I don't build one...then I put blood on my hand and put it on the volleyball, draw a face on it and name it Wilson."